Why Islam Makes You Stupid ... But Also Means You'll Conquer the World

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Washington Summit Publishers, Feb 3, 2020 - 210 pages
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A "brain gap" separates Islam and the West. The populations of the Muslim world have markedly lower IQ and produce fewer intellectual and cultural achievements. Muslim communities within Western nations suffer from the same problems. In this startling book, Edward Dutton demonstrates that this phenomenon is not just a matter of race, global conflict, or political systems. It derives from Islam itself.

Sustaining Islamic belief forces people to avoid thinking in analytical and creative ways. Veiling women, circumcising girls, fasting during Ramadan, practicing polygamy, and praying regularly does the same, leading to worse schools, greater poverty, and deficient intellectual development.

But Islam has its advantages, too. Dutton argues that the exact Islamic practices that reduce intelligence also increase ethnocentrism--cooperation with the in-group and violent repulsion of the out-group. And it is the more ethnocentric groups that triumph in the grand struggle that is Darwinian selection. In other words, the ethnocentric shall conquer the Earth. For this reason, Dutton predicts that Islam will come to dominate the West precisely because it reduces intelligence.

This raises disturbing questions. Are there terminal disadvantages to fostering cultures of higher intelligence and greater individualism? Should the West think of Islam as our greatest antagonist or as our last hope? Might we in the West need to learn something from Islam if we want to survive?

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Edward Dutton is Editor at Washington Summit Publishers and an independent researcher based in Finland. Born in London in 1980, Dutton read Theology at Durham University before completing a PhD in Religious Studies at Aberdeen University in 2006. His research there was developed into his first book, *Meeting Jesus at University: Rites of Passage and Student Evangelicals*. He was made Docent of the Anthropology of Religion and Finnish Culture at Oulu University in 2011. In 2012, Dutton made the move to evolutionary psychology and has never looked back. Dutton has published in leading psychology journals including *Intelligence*, *Personality and Individual Differences*, and the *Journal of Biosocial Science*. Among other positions, Dutton has been a guest researcher at Leiden University in the Netherlands and Umeň University in Sweden, visiting professor of the Anthropology of Religion at Riga Stradins University in Latvia, and academic consultant to a research group at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dutton's research has been reported on worldwide, by the *Daily Telegraph*, *The Sun*, *Le Monde*, *Newsweek*, among other publications, and his writings have been translated into Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Czech. Dutton can be found online at his award-winning channel *The Jolly Heretic*. He is married to a Finn, has two young children, and enjoys Indian cooking and genealogy.

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